Punahou boys take HPA Soccer tournament

The defending state champion Punahou boys soccer team cruised to the title at the Ka Makani Soccer Classic on Sunday, shutting out Hawaii Prep 1-0 in the title match.

The Buffanblu shut out all three opponents in the tournament, beating Kealakehe 1-0 and Kapaa 5-0. Punahou has not given up a goal since the first round of last year’s state tournament, when it beat Radford 4-2 before pitching shutouts in the semifinals and finals.

Kealakehe took third place, King Kekaulike finished fifth and Lahainaluna was seventh to leave Saint Louis winless in the tournament.

Punahou’s boys have made the state tournament every year since 2008, and a program with a longer run took the girls title.

Hawaii Prep’s girls team, which is the three-time defending state champion in Division II and has played in the state tournament every year since 2006, won the Ka Makani Classic on its own field.

Ka Makani didn’t have as easy a time as Punahou’s boys did, beating King Kekaulike 2-1 in a shootout for the championship.

Hawaii Prep beat Sacred Hearts 3-0 in the first round and took out Kapaa 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals.

Kapaa finished in third place with an 8-0 drubbing of Mid-Pacific, Maui took fifth with a 3-1 win over Hilo and Seabury Hall secured seventh place with a 4-0 win over Sacred Hearts.

Sacred Hearts was outscored 9-0 in the tournament.


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